Position is located within the Horticulture Section at Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York.
This position will support research and extension programming focused on weed management and sustainable crop production practices in New York specialty crops, including processing and fresh market vegetables, small-fruit, and perennial tree fruit. The research and extension program is designed to help NY growers develop multi-tactic integrated weed management practices that enhance productivity, profitability and ecosystem services in various cropping systems. The field research program will focus on population dynamics of troublesome weed species, herbicide evaluation and stewardship, efficacy of novel mechanical weed control methods, cover crop management within diversified cropping systems, and organic production practices.
Perform field and laboratory research on weed ecology and management under the general supervision of Supervisor. Specific duties will be to: 1) establish and maintain small-plot and cropping-system level field experiments, 2) operate and maintain specialized tractor-mounted equipment including planters, grain-drills, sprayers and cultivators, 3) assist in completion of small-plot herbicide trials including pesticide calibration, spraying and inventory maintenance, 4) assist in data collection including weed population census, cover crop performance and cash crop yields, 5) process and summarize data, 6) assist in supervision of temporary staff and collaborate with graduate students to execute data collection protocols, 7) assist in extension programming, including field trial reports, newsletters and field workshops, 8) maintain good communications within the program team, farm staff, collaborators at Cornell, and with stakeholders, 9) identify problems and develop solutions, and 10) participate in professional development opportunities.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneering practitioner of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. Since our founding, we have been evolving to meet the changing needs of our world. As our areas of study have diversified, we have established top-ranked programs and over 20 majors in community and rural development, environment and natural resources, food and nutrition, applied economics, agriculture, international programs and life sciences. It is vital to us that we match the excellence of our science with the generosity of our spirit. We want to leave the world better than we found it, so we seek out those not simply driven to master their discipline, but passionate about doing so to serve the public good. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world.
Associate's Degree in the area of biology, horticulture, agricultural science or related discipline and two years' relevant job experience. Must have knowledge and/or education in research methods and must have formal training or knowledge in agronomy or horticulture. Demonstrated proficiency in the use of tractors and a range of field equipment. Prior experience in collecting field and/or laboratory data. Must have strong written and oral communication skills. Must possess excellent organizational skills. Strong skills in the use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide variety of students, faculty, staff and grower cooperators. Must have good eyesight, attention to detail, and fine motor skills. Must be willing to work in the field for long durations under harsh conditions. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Must be able to travel to field sites, including occasional extended overnight stays. Must be willing to communicate with team members using a personal cell phone. Must possess and maintain a current and clean driver's license and have a successful driving background check. Must be willing to use loud equipment for extended periods of time. Must be able to carry out repetitive tasks for extended periods of time.
Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Plant Science, Soil Science, Agronomy, Horticulture, Agroecology or a related field. Ability to obtain certified pesticide applicator license. Experience driving tractors and operating planters, grain drills, cultivators and sprayers. Experience in conducting field research and knowledge of experimental design concepts. Experience identifying and surveying weed species. Experience with GIS/GPS technology. Experience growing plants under greenhouse or growth chamber conditions. Experience with herbicides and herbicide application. Familiarity with laboratory instrumentation and methodology. Experience writing scientific reports and conducting basic statistical analysis using software such as JMP or R. Experience with web page design and maintenance.
No Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position.
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